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Tuesday, October 13, 2015


(Karen Bradtke, "Girls with Guns series", mixed media on Fabriano paper)

Recently opened at artSPACE Durban is the Pulp Fiction exhibition.

The genre of pulp fiction was most popular in the first half of the 20th century and still going strong. Cover art played a major role in the marketing of pulp magazines.

For the first half of the 20th century, pulp fiction was one of the world’s most popular forms of entertainment. The typical pulp magazine consisted of a slick, glossy, vibrantly coloured cover and within, pages of fiction and advertising printed on poor quality “pulp” paper. Crime, romance, westerns, horror and fantasy were all staples for the pulps. Illustrators, painters and artists created original works to adorn the covers and attract the readers. They were usually sensational and lurid depictions of the short stories and articles inside.

In South Africa we had our own version of pulp fiction, the photo magazine story. They were extremely popular in South Africa in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Various titles such as Tessa, Grensvegter and Kid Colt were produced by Republican Press.

The artists pay homage to, or critique this art form or the Tarantino movie, Pulp Fiction.

Pulp Fiction runs until October 31 at 14h00. artSPACE durban is situated at 3 Millar Road (off Umgeni Road) close to the Waste Centre. More information on 031 312 0793 or visit or